Waterfalls and Pyramids
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Leaving the highlands, we descend through the tangled forests of Chiapas, stopping on the way at the little visited ruins of Tonina, where the main pyramid stands 73m high.The center of Tonina is built on the side of a large hill in seven terraces producing the overall effect of a stepped pyramid. Numerous chambers and passageways exist and there are several buildings located in front of the main complex which may have been used in conjunction with structures on the main buildings.
It is believed that Toniná formed into an organized settlement around 300 A.D, and the the height of its development occurred between 600 and 900 A.D. The site is dominated by a terraced Acropolis with a number of temple platforms surrounded by plazas, ball courts and several other smaller structures.
The road is slow and winding, but there are scenic views as we descend from the highlands to the jungles of Palenque. We plan to bathe at the waterfalls of Agua Azul before driving on to our hotel. The river tumbles over a series of limestone travertines, forming natural jacuzzis, and is a popular picnic spot for Mexicans and travellers alike.